The SKL Series began in 1976 to honor Stanley K. Lacy, who had established himself as a recognized leader in Indianapolis while he was in his mid-twenties before he was killed in an automobile accident in 1973. Three years later, Edna Lacy established The Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series to honor his memory by encouraging and supporting other young professionals in their community work.


Since its inception, more than one thousand people have gone through the ten-month program and many of the significant leaders in Indianapolis are graduates of the program or have served as moderators, such as Carolene Mays-Medley, Mark Miles, Brian Payne, Joe Slash, Judge Sarah Evans Barker, and John Lechleiter.


Apply for SKL

Want to be notified when The application for SKL ClAss XLVI Becomes  available in 2022? Click here TO send a request for notification.

Questions about the SKL Series? Contact Rebecca Hutton, President & CEO and SKL Program Director, at

Eligibility & Fees

For information about eligibility, cost, selection process, and program description download the PDF.


What are the eligibility requirements for SKL?

An applicant should:

  • Be between the ages of 25 and 45 on the date applications are due.
  • Have both a demonstrated interest in community issues and a record of leadership in significant voluntary community activities.
  • Occupy a position of leadership reflecting significant achievement relative to age and providing the opportunity to have significant influence on issues facing our community.
  • Have lived in the Greater Indianapolis/Central Indiana area for at least three years and have a likelihood of staying in the area for the foreseeable future.
  • Be able to commit to the attendance and time requirements.


Can I still apply to SKL Class XLV application due?

No. Applications for SKL Class XLV were due June 11, 2021. Late applications are not accepted.


I submitted an application for SKL Class XLV. Will I receive confirmation that my application was received?

Applicants will receive email notification by June 28, 2021 confirming their application has been received.


I applied for SKL Class XLV. When will I be notified of the selection committee’s decision?

Applicants will be notified in mid-August as to whether they have been selected to participate in SKL Class XLV.


Who serves on the selection committee?

The selection committee is made up of community members familiar with the SKL Series and remains anonymous. The committee is made up of different people each year.


Who is the Moderator for SKL Class XLV?

The Moderator for SKL Class XLV will be announced in late August, along with the class members.


Who do I contact if I have additional questions about SKL?

Please direct all questions about the SKL Series, application, and selection process to Rebecca Hutton, President & CEO and SKL Program Director at Leadership Indianapolis, at

SKL Class Lists

For a list of all SKL classes click here.


Last Year’s Class

Class XLIV

Steve Walker, Moderator


 Alicia Wilson Baker

Director of Neighborhood Engagement

John Boner Neighborhood Centers


 Adam Basch

Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management

Kite Realty Group Trust


 Kimberly Bostic

President and CEO

Starfish Initiative


 Jay Chaudhary

Director of Mental Health and Addictions

Indiana Family & Social Services Administration


 Akilah Darden

President & Founder

The Darden Group, LLC


Sheila Dollaske

Director of School Development & Innovation

Goodwill Education Initiatives


 Danielle Dove

Director of Marketing & Sales

Indiana Repertory Theatre


Matthew Ehinger


Ice Miller LLP


 Lourenzo Giple

Architectural Designer/Project Manager

Rottmann Collier Architects


 Logan Harrison

Senior Director of Public Affairs

Anthem, Inc.


 Oni N. Harton


Barnes & Thornburg LLP


Kashif Khan

Executive Vice President

Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.


 Amber LaRue

Senior Vice President, Healthcare Relationship Manager

Fifth Third Bank


 Travis Meek

Senior Counsel

Cummins Inc.


 Eric Neuburger

Stadium Director

Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County


Sean Northup

Deputy Director

Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization


 Amar Patel

Executive Director

Teach for America


 Taylor Schaffer

Deputy Chief of Staff

City of Indianapolis


David Shaw

Director of Concessions & Air Service

Indianapolis Airport Authority


 Brittany Smith

Midwest Regional Director of Community and Marketing



 Jason Spilbeler

Executive Director, Investment Specialist

J.P. Morgan Private Bank


 Tekiah Tunstall

Senior Business Analyst/Technical Project Manager

Bosma Enterprises


Greg VanSlambrook


Brebeuf Jesuit Prepatory School


 Kristen Fuhs Wells

Vice President

Indiana Humanities


 Bob Wood

Chief, Appellate Division

United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana